Champ Car Series

Bourdais on pole in Long Beach

Long Beach, CA (Sports Network) - After a disappointing season opener at Las Vegas, three-time Champ Car Series champion Sebastien Bourdais showed that he is still a threat by winning the pole for Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Bourdais circled the 1.968-mile temporary street course in one minute, 07.546 seconds (104.889 m.p.h.).

The Frenchman edged Will Power (1:07.695) in the second qualifying session for his first pole win of the season and 26th of his career. The pole also adds one point to Bourdais' total.

Power, winner of last week's season opener, had won the provisional pole on Friday. He will start second alongside Bourdais.

Row two will be made up of Frenchman Simon Pagenaud (1:07.883) and Canadian Alex Tagliani (1:08.047).

This week's race, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, is easily the most recognizable and important race on the Champ Car schedule.

In 2006 Bourdais won the race finishing a distant 14.096 seconds ahead of Justin Wilson. He also won the race in 2005. Both times the race was the season opener for Champ Cars. At Las Vegas last Sunday he finished 13th.

Paul Tracy was injured in a practice crash and after being taken to a local hospital was diagnosed with a compression fracture to the first lumbar vertebrae. He will miss the race and his seat will be taken by veteran Oriol Servia. Servia was in the No.3 Forsythe Championship Racing Panoz DP01 for the second session and qualified 15th fastest.

The race is scheduled to drop the green flag on Sunday at 4 p.m. (et).

04/14 18:46:24 ET

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